SRS scientists developed, hosted, and participated in a four-day online short course held July 21-24, 2020. The course provided training on the principles and practices of silviculture and closely related disciplines for managing upland hardwood-dominated forests in the eastern U.S.
The course was attended by more than 100 managers from state forestry agencies in Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia; other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense; and consulting foresters. The course was originally scheduled to be in-person, but the organizers shifted to a virtual format in an effort to disseminate information while keeping participants and speakers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experts from multiple USDA Forest Service deputy areas, including the Southern Research Station, Northern Research Station, and Forest Health Protection presented science-based information on a variety of topics. Other presenters were from the University of Tennessee and University of Kentucky.
Presenters discussed regeneration methods and outcomes, forest health, ecological effects of fire in upland hardwood systems, fire effects on timber quality, American chestnut restoration, reviews and drivers of timber production and markets, silviculture effects on wildlife and habitat, and management of oak woodlands, mixed pine-hardwood stands, and degraded hardwood stands.
The course provided land managers with tools and information needed to prepare and implement technically sound silvicultural prescriptions designed to meet multiple objectives. The course was recorded and will continue to provide information to land managers seeking the best available science for actively managing upland hardwood systems. The course is available on the Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management website:https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/uplandhardwood/courses-and-webinars/virtual-workshop/.